Sunday, July 12, 2015

Make a Spiritual Preparedness Kit

Have you thought of making a spiritual preparedness kit? 

You'll be so glad you have something to strengthen and uplift your family's spirits when a crisis happens. We all know the Savior's Second Coming is getting closer. (Woo hoo!) There are some challenging events between now and then that we'll want to prepare for. This kit can help. 

Below is a basic checklist for a spiritual preparedness kit.

You may already have extras of these items at home. If you live close to a Deseret Industries you can find these items there for cheap, or you can also order them online here. 

  1. Scriptures. The picture above is the pocket size set.  Scriptures are uber important for many reasons. One reason is that you NEED the Spirit to get through tough times. Another is to help you remember that God has helped a bajillion people through tough times before, even working miracles for many of them, therefore He will help you too.  
  2. Pocket hymn book and primary song book. Also uber important. You do not want to be without the comfort and power of holy music in a crisis situation. Have you ever been stressed out and grumpy or seen your kids fighting, and then after a hymn or two, there's a complete turnaround? That's the power of holy music to bring in the Spirit. Having the Spirit with you is vital in an emergency. It's also a good idea to memorize some of your favorite inspiring songs. 
  3. Gospel art kit. This has pictures of scripture stories from the Bible, Book of Mormon and Church History. It's great for telling children scripture stories, reminding them that God did miracles for Daniel, Noah, Nephi, Moses, Joseph Smith, and He can do them for us too. 

Other ideas you can add. 
  • A journal or notebook with pens. 
  • Consider making a small photo album of favorite pictures of the Savior and your family, and memes of some inspiring quotes. You can do this for an FHE activity where you cut up old Church magazines. 
  • For the Strength of Youth.
  • Personal Progress, Duty to God, Faith in God booklets depending on your children's genders and ages. 
  • A binder of your very favorite inspiring quotes and talks. I pulled mine right out of my filing cabinet, leaving a note there telling me where to find the original talk (see pic below). In this binder you could include a copy of The Family Proclamation, The Living Christ, The Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Also family members' patriarchal blessings, your family history, and your own REMEMBER list (see below). 
  • Your own REMEMBER list. You could do this as an FHE brainstorm. This is uber important to me personally. The main theme of Nephi's repeated pep talks to Laman and Lemnuel goes something like this, "Dudes, REMEMBER the miracles God has already done for our ancestors, scripture people, and ourselves in the past? Of course God is going to help us through this challenging situation right now!  Even though this (getting the brass plates, building a boat, making a new bow, you name it) looks impossible to us, nothing is impossible to God, so let's get moving." Don't you just love Nephi? So I wrote my own list a few years ago when we felt prompted to start homeschooling our children, which looked impossible and scary to me. This list has strengthened me over and over, and I know it will boost my faith and courage in challenging times ahead. 
  • My friend ordered a small, thin, hardbound photo book with her family's annual Christmas card picture and newsletter. A great summarized family history. You can do something similar with a binder and some page protectors. 
  • If one is usable, you may want to store an old smart phone or tablet loaded up with spiritual resources. Just download everything on the LDS Gospel Library app and you'll have a wonderful tool box of resources to boost your spirits in a time of crisis. You could download your favorite holy music from other singers too like Kenneth Cope or Mormon Tabernacle choir. Be sure to store a solar or hand-crank charger too. Since I've been learning about EMPs lately, it's a good idea to store these in an EMP-proof box. 
  • If there is room, one or more favorite books that would seriously inspire you to be tough and rely on the Lord during challenging times. You could keep a list of these books and then if you have time and space, grab one or more if you ever needed to evacuate. A couple that I love are Yearning for the Living God by Elder F. Enzio Busche and Journey to the Veil by John Pontius. Others might include The Hiding Place, Man's Search for Meaning, and Unlikely Heroes. 
  • I have a stack of Mormonad postcards with a fun picture and a powerful message on each one. These are great for spur-of-the-moment FHE lessons for teens, by the way.

Here are some of my favorite talks in my binder. 

Of course the most important spiritual preparedness comes from adding drops of oil to your lamp day after day with personal righteousness.

President Spencer W. Kimball said, “Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures—each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity—these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps” (Faith Precedes the Miracle [1972], 256, emphasis added).
Elder Oaks said, “We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult—the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value” ("Preparation for the Second Coming,” Ensign, May 2004, emphasis added).

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Feel free to comment below with your thoughts about a spiritual preparedness kit, or any additional items you might add. 

1 comment:

Susan said...

I LOVE this Becky! You are such an inspiration and blessing to so many people. I have a folder titled "Spiritual Experiences of the Kent Baird Family". We have had some amazing experiences where I have helped the kids write out their testimonies ---when they were younger. They can write out their own now. In 2009 we had an opportunity to feed a homeless man near the Los Angeles Temple. Our children were the ones who suggested we share food with him. That warmed my heart. The look on our children's faces were priceless. Without them knowing, I took a picture of them to capture the moment. That picture is in our family book. The Spirit was strong. We wrote out all of our feelings about that moment. Adam was 7 at the time. A few months later we were having our homeschool devotional. We were talking about the Holy Ghost when Adam said, "Mom, I have never felt the Holy Ghost". That was an eye opener for me. How could I have missed sharing that with my son all these years. So, I told him I wanted to read something to him. I pulled out our Family Spiritual Experiences Book and read his testimony of the time we fed the homeless man in L.A. I testified to my son that what he felt that day was the Holy Ghost. He then said, "Well, I have felt that a lot". He was able to think of other times he had felt the Holy Ghost. We were able to relive the experience and feel the Holy Ghost again because we had it written down in a special book. This is a book that I would want to keep in a Spiritual Preparedness Kit so our family can always be reminded of special moments.